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Today prepare yourself for a strenuous climb rewarded with fantastic views to Yetholm and its surroundings, as you walk into the hamlet of Kirk Yetholm, you'll reach the true halfway point of the Way. 
Distance 11 km
3:10 h
275 m
253 m

A footbridge over the Kale takes you into fields and over the stiles with fine views back over to Morebattle to the Eildons Hills on the horizon.

At this point comes one of the steepest climbs of the whole walk to the top of Wideopen Hill, with more spectacular views towards Yetholm and its loch. Downhill from here takes you into the valley of Bowmont Water and into Kirk Yetholm. Here there are fine thatched cottages, reminders of its origins as a farm township, and it is also home to the north end of the Pennine Way, which starts in Edale in Derbyshire, some 270 miles away.

Author’s recommendation

There are limited stops for food on your walk today, so I would recommend taking a packed lunch to enjoy at the top of Wideopen Hill. You'll take in the spectacular views from of the tweed, Waterloo monument and the three peaks of Eildon.
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Craig Dickson
Update: November 12, 2020
Highest point
355 m
Lowest point
96 m

Rest Stop

Kirk Yetholm
Border Hotel

Safety information

Take your time descending from Wideopen Hill which is steep and can get slippery when wet. 



If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the St Cuthbert's Way map published by Harvey Map. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.



If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend St Cuthbert's Way Rucksack Reader.


Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our St Cuthbert's Way insights: 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest


The church in the village dates from the 18th Century. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1544. The name Morebattle means 'settlement by the lake' referring to the old Linton Loch which used to lie between Morebattle and Linton before being drained in the 18th century.

According to legend nearby village, Linton was the abode of the so-called Linton Worm, a medieval dragon.


Wideopen Hill

The highest point of the St Cuthberts Way at 368 metres. You can see the plains of the tweed, Waterloo monument and the three peaks of Eildon. Depending on the weather you may be able to see the Iron Age settlement on Morebattle Hill below. Yetholm Loch can also be seen along with the Cheviot in the distance. The top is the mid-point of the St Cuthberts Way (Melrose to Lindisfarne). 


Kirk Yetholm

Kirk Yetholm is a small village near the Scottish borders. Its sister town is Town Yetholm which lies half a mile across the Bowmont Water. The history of Kirk Yetholm is closely associated with that of the Scottish Gypsies who had settled here by the end of the 17th century. A law of 1609 made it legal in Scotland to kill Gypsies so many retreated to the edge of the hills to find refuge. The village pays homage to the Yetholm Gypsies who sought refuge by a monument next to the village green. You will also pass the Gypsie Palace, now a small holiday cottage on the way out of Kirk Yetholm.

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Morebattle (96 m)
OS Grid
NT 76932 24924
55.517528, -2.366867
55°31'03.1"N 2°22'00.7"W
30U 539977 6152566


Kirk Yetholm

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we provide these route notes to help you. The St Cuthbert's Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


Head East through the centre of Morebattle, passing the Templehall Inn on the right then take the smaller road on your right aiming for the hills of the Cheviots. Descend on the road to your left then turn right onto the road alongside the Kale Water. After the ford on your left, turn left to cross the stream over the footbridge. Follow the zigzagging farm track uphill then turn right onto a footpath that rises between two small areas of woodland. The path continues to climb steeply bringing you to the left of Grubbit Law (326m) and crossing a footpath tjay heads over Cushat End (345m) to the South-East. Head North-East over the heather ridden open tops. Looking south-east the flat-topped hill is Hownam Law (449m) site of an Iron Age hill fort.

Follow the trail alongside a stone wall to read Wideopen Hill (368m) which is the highest point of the St Cuthbert's Way and conveniently the mid-point of your itinerary. 

Continue following the wall around to the right then left. Descend down the hill. Take your time as this section can be slippy after rain. You will then ascend slightly and walk alongside another wall over Crookedshaws Hill (306m), before descending steeply again. Turn right then left through the fields to arrive at a track. Turn right onto this and follow it down to the road which you turn left onto. After 1km you come to the B6401 which you need to follow for another 1km into Town Yetholm passing the Plough Hotel, turn right and cross the bridge to reach Kirk Yetholm. 


*** This is the end of our Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm route, please use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. ***


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OS Grid
NT 76932 24924
55.517528, -2.366867
55°31'03.1"N 2°22'00.7"W
30U 539977 6152566
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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